Saskatchewan

3 youths charged in robbery that led to stand-off

Three youths have made court appearances on charges relating to a robbery, that ultimately had police engaged in an early morning stand off.

Three youths have made court appearances on charges relating to a robbery, that ultimately had police engaged in an early morning stand off.

Two of the youths were holed-up in a home on the edge of Regina's downtown on Tuesday morning.

After about five hours, the pair surrendered to police.

Police were concerned, at the time, that the case may have had connections to a break and enter at a sporting goods store where dozens of firearms were stolen. It was later learned the two incidents were not related.

Police on Thursday said the youths arrested Tuesday, including a third who was not involved in the stand off but was arrested earlier that morning, are accused of robbing a man and stealing a car. They appeared in court on Wednesday.

"The incident began when police were dispatched at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday ... for a report of a robbery," police said. "A 19-year-old male had just parked his vehicle near his home in the 3200 block of Arens Road when he was approached by two male suspects. 

"At least one of the suspects was reported to have been carrying a knife.  The suspects demanded the keys to the vehicle, a silver Grand Prix, and then left the area," police explained. 

"The Grand Prix was found a short time later, abandoned in the 500 block of University Park Drive and a 17 year-old male arrested nearby," police said.

Police, however, caught up with the suspects who had moved to another car, being driven by one of their group.

That car led police out of the city and then back.

"Investigation led police to a townhouse in the 2700 block of 15th Avenue where, approximately five hours later, the remaining suspects, a 14-year-old female and a 16-year-old male, emerged from the residence and were taken into custody without incident."

The other youth arrested was a 17-year-old male.

None of them can be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.